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Lead by the nose   /lɛd baɪ ðə noʊz/   Listen
Lead by the nose

Conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end.  Synonyms: bamboozle, hoodwink, play false, pull the wool over someone's eyes, snow.

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"Lead by the nose" Quotes from Famous Books

... and he did so, billah! For he was thinking all the while, as he told me when we came out, not of such matters as grate on the susceptibilities of a poet, but on the one sole idea of how such a bad titman could lead by the nose ...
— The Book of Khalid • Ameen Rihani

Words linked to "Lead by the nose" :   bamboozle, lead astray, betray, deceive

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